The final report of the HSE inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar is expected to be complete in the coming weeks.
Chief Operating Officer of the Galway Roscommon Hospital Group Tony Canavan says while a date is not yet confirmed, the independent chairman Professor Sir Alrulkumaran is working on the final stages with his review team.
Addressing last evening’s meeting of the Regional Health Forum West, Mr Canavan said the review team met with Mr. Halappanavar’s representatives earlier this month and has since received their submission in writing.
It followed a query from Forum Chairperson Cllr Padraig Connelly who also asked if the recommendations made by the coroner had been implemented.
Members were advised that significant measures had been taken in advance of the inquest.
Mr Canavan said that many of the coroner’s recommendations were applied at a national level and that when guidance is available, it is the intention to take on board all three sets of recommendations.
Forum Chairperson Cllr Padraig Conneely said the recommendations should be implemented straight away and questioned the delay in the final report.
He added that free legal aid should be available for those who have a grievance with a public hospital.
Eamon Ryan voices opposition to old rail lines in West being turned into greenways
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Transport Minister says he wants to see older rail lines in the west and south return to their original use, not turned into greenways.
Eamon Ryan says he wants to see a revived ‘Western Atlantic Rail Corridor’, spanning from Ballina in Mayo to Rosslare in Wexford.
There had been initial plans for the Claremorris to Athenry, and Waterford to Wexford lines to be turned into greenways.
Minister Ryan says the outcome of a strategic rail review will determine the future of these former tracks.
Campaigners to protest at Skerritt Roundabout this weekend over ‘lethal’ conditions
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Campaigners are set to protest at Skerritt roundabout near ATU Galway this weekend, over ‘lethal’ conditions at roundabouts across the city.
The Sunday4Safety group, who also run demonstrations in Salthill, will run a pop-up pedestrian crossing near the roundabout on Sunday at 11am.
They’re chosen Skerritt Roundabout as the location after a cyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a truck last month.
But they say the extremely dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians are replicated at many other roundabouts across the city.
Organiser, Gráinne Faller, told David Nevin the people of Galway – whether on foot, on a bicycle or in a car – deserve far better.
Ballinasloe student creates award winning natural hair straightener
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 13 year old student from Ardscoil Mhuire in Ballinasloe has been recognised for creating an innovative hair straightener.
Erin Godswill’s project came second in the science category of the national competition, Teen Turn’s Scifest.
The natural product, which resembles a hair mask, aims to straighten hair without any chemical treatment.
Ard Scoil Mhuire entered 6 projects, with one also entered from Presentation College Headford.
Erin explains how she developed the hair straightening mask.